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This week I want to talk about fueling your body, because as athletes, this is VERY important! If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to message me, either on my personal or fitness Instagram account! I myself have recently transitioned to a vegan/ whole food, plant based (WFPB) diet, so most of what I’ll be talking about is eating your veggies, but I know this diet isn’t possible for a lot of people. Eating right is so important especially as athletes! It’s important to eat as many veggies as you can and drink enough water, and those 2 things are what I’m going to focus on today.
A good rule of thumb for knowing how much water to drink in a day is to drink half your body weight in ounces. For example, I weigh 145 lbs, so I’m going to divide 145 by 2, which gives me 72.5; so, I should try to drink around 73oz of water in a day. I personally am kind of bad at remembering to drink my water, so, if you’re like me, you can download an app that sends you reminders to drink water (I use “Drink Water Reminder” but there are lots out there), or you can get a bottle and write different times on it to make sure you drink all your water throughout the day!
As for eating your veggies! According to Stats Canada, in 2017, 28.6% of Canadians aged 12 and older (roughly 8.3 million people) reported that they had consumed fruits and vegetables five or more times per day. That’s less than 30%!! Do you eat veggies at least 5 times a day? If not, you should start taking baby steps to get there! I prefer a lot of my veggies raw dipped in some hummus, it’s my go to. After raw, my other favourite way to eat veggies is lightly roasted with a little bit of olive oil and salt and pepper and sometimes a little bit of garlic; SPICES are your best friend!
A lot of people don’t like eating vegetables because of the way they’re prepared. If this sounds like you, I suggest looking up some YouTube videos to get ideas on how to cook veggies, so they taste delicious!
Some ways to start incorporating more vegetables in your days is to start meal planning and prepping, or at least have your veggies prepped and ready to go so you just have to open the fridge and grab them for an easy snack. if you struggle with eating veggies, or getting full before you finish eating them, you could start eating all your veggies on your plate before eating anything else. The more veggies you start eating and the more water you start drinking, the better you’ll start feeling and then the snowball of healthy eating will start rolling!
Again, any questions or comments about this, please feel free to reach out to me via Instagram!
Until Next Time -- Stay Healthy